Path to Practice

Alicia Stoklosa, ’21

Tell me about something you've participated in during your time here that has defined your Pace experience.

My most defining experience at Pace was while working at the Southern District of New York, an opportunity I found through Pace's Federal Judicial Honors Program. I decided to pursue the program after my 1L summer to get a first-hand look at what goes on behind the curtain in federal court and to hone my legal writing skills.

What have you gotten out of that experience, and how do you expect that it will enable you to pursue your goals beyond Pace?

I gained invaluable experiences and insight from participating in Pace's Federal Judicial Honors Program. From experiencing the dynamic between a federal judge and their elbow clerks, to witnessing criminal arraignments and sentencings, no two days were the same. The opportunity to complete memos and draft orders for real cases truly honed my legal research and writing skills. 

The clear and to the point legal writing I performed in chambers directly translated to the legal writing assignments I completed as a Summer Associate at my summer 2020 internship at a firm in Rochester, NY. Additionally, the move to virtual court due to COVID-19 gave me the opportunity to assist the clerks in navigating how to hold conferences and other proceedings online, which could very well become more "normal" in the future.

Is there anything else you would like to add about your time at Pace?​

Perhaps my favorite part of being a student at the Pace is the wide variety of opportunities and courses to explore. The school's commitment to helping students explore their interests and obtain a comprehensive education is unparalleled.